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The Happiest Countries in The World
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March 20th, 2015
Paraguay is the happiest country in the world, according to a 2014 Gallup poll of people in 143 countries.
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Is There a Happiness Gene?
July 18th, 2014
A new study found that the greater a nation’s genetic distance is from Denmark, the lower its reported wellbeing is.
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The 10 Happiest Countries Are All in Latin America
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March 20th, 2015
For the first time in a decade, the top 10 happiest countries in the world are all in Latin America, according to the 2014 Gallup Positive Experience Index.
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Why Smiling Too Much May Be Bad for You
a woman smiling outdoors.
August 6th, 2014
Sometimes a smile could backfire and make a person feel worse, suggests a new study showing that people who grin a lot even though they are feeling down may see a dip in well-being.
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Embarrassed? Amused? Humans Share Dozens of Expressions
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June 26th, 2014
Human beings may have dozens of universal emotions that are recognized across cultures, new research suggests.
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Top US Cities for Well-Being Revealed
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March 25th, 2014
Out of nearly 200 U.S. metro areas, Provo-Orem, Utah, is the country's top community for well-being, according to the results of a Gallup-Healthways survey conducted in 2012 and 2013.
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Hit the Sack! People Who Get a Good Night's Sleep Are Happier
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March 2nd, 2015
People's happiness appears to be closely linked with how much sleep they get.
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Happiness Equation Reveals Key to Cheery Life
August 5th, 2014
By studying how people respond to recent events in their lives, researchers have developed a mathematical formula that can predict individuals' happiness.
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Why We Shop 'Til We Drop (and Still Aren't Happy)
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April 2nd, 2014
People know that spending money on experiences will make them happier than buying things. But they still buy stuff, and new research suggests it's because they're focused on the mistaken idea that material goods have more monetary value.
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